Innovative Hardware Technologies for Electromagnetic Attack Rejection in Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Radars

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,709.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-11-C-7662
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
B10B-001-0007
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA10-T001
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 261501, San Diego, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
118547830
Principal Investigator:
RichardNess
President
(858) 566-2372
nessengr@san.rr.com
Business Contact:
RichardNess
President
(858) 566-2372
nessengr@san.rr.com
Research Institute:
University of Missouri Columbia
Randy Curry
311 Engineering Building West
Columbia, MO, 65211-
(573) 882-3017

Abstract
Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RFDEW) are maturing sufficiently to become a threat to sensitive circuits onboard military platforms. With a large number of active elements, Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) phased array radar units are particularly susceptible and require improvement over the current state-of-the-art in limiter technology. This is particularly needed in the development of faster limiters that can be PCB mounted to adapt into the existing solid state receivers and operate in a passive mode if at all possible. Ness Engineering, Inc. and the University of Missouri, Columbia are proposing a new board-level microwave limiter to protect radar receivers from High Power Microwave (HPM) attacks. The limiter is designed to be incorporated into a micro-strip transmission line and short the line within 5 nanoseconds of detecting a RFDEW attack. The Phase I proposed effort will involve development of a brassboard limiter, preliminary optimization of the limiter system design, and characterization of its operation in response to HPM and high power RF signal application. We will also validate the insertion loss of the device with respect to normal signal levels and operations.

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